Billy the kid (Buster Crabbe) and his sidekick Fuzzy Jones (Al St. John) take jobs as cowboys driving cattle to market, ending up in the middle of a range war and dealing with an unscrupulous cattle buyer who uses his men to stampede other people's livestock, offering to round up and buy them at cut-rate prices.
December 12, 2019 Subject:
Crabbe & St. John in Another Real Western
Buster Crabbe (Billy the Kid) and Al St. John (Fuzzy Q. Jones) come to the aid of the Dawson ranch and ultimately all the ranchers against the machinations of Glenn Strange (Boss Coulter - strangely uncredtited for a major character) and his henchmen. The henchmen include Charles King (Brandon), Frank Ellie (Elkins), Steve Clark (Turner), Roy Brent (Slater) and uncredited regulars Art Dillard, Roy Bucko and Curley Dresden. Ed Cassidy (Sam Dawson) and Budd Buster (Jensen) also appear.Other uncredtied westerns' regulars include Edward Pell Sr. (Banker), Hall Price, Rose Plumer (Town folk) and Wally West, George Morrell and Carl Mathews (ranchers and riders). In other words, a who's who of westerns' supporting actors - all giving good performances. Lovely Frances Gladwin (Mary Dawson) gives an assertive performance as well. IMDB credits Gladwin with 32 appearances between 1941-46, with 7 credits - and has no other info on her, save that she appeared as a dancer and chorus line dancer in some. Fortunately, the script doesn't overdo the use of St. John's often silly comedy - although he does get to punch out everyone's favorite punching bag Charles King and trip and fire his gun in the crucial sneak-up-on-them showdown. Oh well, nothing's perfect - and he's a true blue friend and back-up in the rest of the film. All in all, an enjoyable, if average, western from PRC.